In an interview with Sky Sports last evening, England coach, Eddie Jones addressed the issue of injured players and gave a review on who will and will not be able to play the Test against All Blacks this weekend.
In the update on health concerns of injured players, Jones mentioned that Tom Curry who went off injured during the Test against South Africa last weekend at Twickenham Stadium seems to be the one most likely to miss the Test against All Blacks this weekend. Jones stated that it was highly unlikely of Curry to play as the medical examination news is not too good. However on a lighter note, this does create opportunity for someone else to play as flanker.
“We’ve got [Sam] Underhill or [Mark] Wilson that can play number 7 and there is an opportunity for [Zach] Mercer to play number 8” Jones stated.
In regards to the question on Manu Tuilagi who missed last week’s test because of a groom strain and Courtney Lawes who was away on recovery from a back issues, Jones did say.
“Manu is back and progressing well – we’re cautiously optimistic he’ll be available this week, the same with Courtney Lawes.”
Jones remarked on Owen Farrell who took a hard band to the hip in the last test game against South Africa saying he ‘should be alright’ to play this weekend. Eddie Jones in the interview mentioned his only bad case of injured player was Tom Curry.
This health review certainly does give an insight on what the England line up in the test against New Zealand will look like before its released.